The Academy’s Equine Bit Fitting course was established to meet a growing call for an understanding of how to fit bits to horses. Always keen to share our knowledge and improve horse welfare, we responded by creating formal training for those who are passionate about improving the health, welfare and performance of their equine clients.

By undertaking this course, you can expect to undergo rigorous training that is focused on the intrinsic mechanical operation of the bit and how the horse is affected by the bit and bridle.

This professional level course includes a preparatory online module followed by three 2 day practical workshops. An additional optional 'Business and Strategy' module is also available.

Enrol now to keep up to date with news of our upcoming Equine Bit Fitting Course and to secure your space on the course.

The first online course will begin in September 2018. Tuition will combine online learning with a series of practical workshops.

This practical course will cover all aspects of bit fitting and advice, drawing on the latest research and our bitting experts' years of experience.

Pre-enrolment is now closed. If you would like to join the wait list and be notified if a space on the next course becomes available, please contact us at study@nsbits.com for further information.

This on-line assessed course lasts 4 weeks, but may be completed sooner. This module introduces the student to the most common bits used by riders and the basic mouth anatomy of the horse. Students will also develop an understanding of how forces through the reins translate to the horse and gain knowledge of the bit’s history, materials used for bits and how bits act inside the mouth.

The cost of this module is £100 + VAT.


This two-day module will revisit important concepts learned in the on-line course and apply them to a live horse. Students will show an understanding of how the bit rotates in the mouth and where forces through the reins are distributed on the horse. The student will have an opportunity to look at a horse skull and examine a live horse’s mouth before learning how to properly fit and adjust a bridle. Importantly, students will take away knowledge of good hygiene practices to ensure the safety and well-being of their equine clients, as well as developing strong safety techniques when handling chemicals or when doing mouth inspections.

*      Working angle – Revisit the concept of how the bit works inside the mouth, learned in module 1, and find out how to apply it in real life. 

*      Forces through the bridle – Follow-up on the distribution of forces through the reins onto the horse and learn which anatomical pressure-points are affected on the horse’s head and why they are relevant.

*      Poll-pressure – Discover how pulleys and levers act throughout the bridlework to apply pressure on the poll, then see it in action by taking readings on a live horse, and finally how to adjust the bit based on measurements.

*      Head and mouth anatomy – learn more about the horse’s head, mouth and teeth from an anatomical perspective and develop an understanding of the implications of bits on the horse.

*      Basic dentistry – Learn about basic dental problems, how to identify them and when to call in the experts.

*      Hygiene – Find out how to protect your equine clients from disease by understanding how to use DEFRA approved disinfectants, and what PPE is required to protect yourself.

*      How to safely inspect the mouth – learn the theory and then practice it on a live horse.

*      Fit a basic bridle by assessing relevant pressure points on the head.

*      Assessment (COSHH assessment)


£500 + VAT


*      Health and safety

*      Mouth management

*      Facial conformation- recognising key characteristics

*      Common injuries

*      Before the assessment – info needed prior- questionnaires

*      Safety in the stable

*      Questions for the rider

*      How to assess the horse

*      What to look for - inspecting the mouth

*      Bridle and tack fit

*      Bit fit

*      How to measure correctly

*      Assessing the bit- damage and ongoing maintenance

*      Knowing when to recommend other professionals


*      Pros and cons of a fat and thin bit

*      Good bits for…

*      Most common issues

*      Conformational issues – other areas may be the issue

*      Popular bits from other brands

*      Bit legality and rules regarding tack

*      Record Keeping

*      Rider feedback – if the bit isn’t beneficial

*      Professional Indemnity


£500 + VAT

The final two-day module in the course. Students will take away a good understanding of how the bit affects the horse’s whole body, and how to recognize problems that must be addressed before changing the bit. Students will be provided with a list of referral services and will be eligible to join the network upon completion of the course.

*      The effect of the bit on the whole horse – Recognize how the rider can affect the whole horse through the reins and develop an understanding of how to assess the horse-rider partnership using Synchronicity™

*      Referral service – Learn how to recognize when to when to call in help from other professionals and discover the variety of different therapies available to horse owners. As a graduate of the program you will become a part of the referral service network so that others can also find your business.

*      Case study/Assessment – fit a horse and make recommendations as a part of the final assessment


£500 + VAT